Nov
30
Sat
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge/Sutter Buttes @ Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:00 am, and we will carpool from there.
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge/Sutter Buttes
Saturday, November 30, 2019
8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Leader: Ted Beedy 530-274-7232 tbeedy@comcast.net
We always schedule this trip in late November to maximize our chances of seeing large concentrations of waterfowl and other water birds wintering in the Central Valley. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is among the best places to view this great, annual spectacle. We should see more than 100,000 geese and ducks, and on past trips we have identified more than 80 species of birds. We will also drive around the Sutter Buttes to look for raptors, songbirds, and Sandhill Cranes, and we’ll go from there to District 10 north of Marysville to see thousands of Tundra Swans, White-faced Ibis, and myriad other waterfowl as the sun sets over the Buttes. Bring a lunch & something to drink, and wear warm clothes and bring a raincoat if the weather is wet and cold—the trip is on, rain or shine. Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road at 8:00 am, and we will carpool from there. We’ll get back to Grass Valley at about 5 pm, estimated driving time is 1.5 hours each way. Please pre-register at least a week before the trip by contacting me at 530-274-7232 or tbeedy@comcast.net

Dec
6
Fri
Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport @ Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge on Pleasant Valley Road)
Dec 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport Friday, December 6, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Leader: Sylvia Wright, Sylvia.l.Wright@gmail.com

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge on Pleasant Valley Road) Easy walking on a wooded trail and along Kentucky Creek and the Yuba River. We may see species common to an oak woodland/riparian habitat such as Acorn Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Ruby- crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, and Common Merganser or American Dipper near the Yuba River. Please contact leader if the weather is questionable.

Dec
7
Sat
Sierra Valley @ carpool from the Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center) at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City.
Dec 7 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sierra Valley
Saturday, December 7, 2019
7:00 AM to ?
Leader: Dale Rubach 530-272-3698 rugby7676-birds@yahoo.com
Sierra Valley is a unique and exciting area. It is located on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains encircled by the towns of Sierraville, Loyalton and Portola. In winter it is the home to many raptors including: Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and both species of Eagles. It is also home for many mountain species like; White-headed Woodpecker, Townsend’s Solitaire, Pygmy Nuthatch and Mountain Chickadee. We will carpool from the Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center) at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City. All levels of birders are welcome. We will bird mainly from cars with one or two short walks on level ground. Inclement weather will cancel. Call or e-mail to reserve a spot. If weather looks questionable please call the evening before for an update. Bring drink, food and warm clothes. This is an all day trip.

Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport @ Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge on Pleasant Valley Road)
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk at South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport Saturday, December 7, 2019,
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Leaders: Bob Slyker bgsly@aol.com and    (530-263-9392) cmalnor@comcast.net

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just across the highway bridge on Pleasant Valley Road) This approximately two-hour walk takes us along Kentucky Creek and the Yuba River. Some of the species we may see include California Scrub-Jay, Band- tailed Pigeon, California Towhee, Black Phoebe, Acorn Woodpecker, Western Bluebird, and Red-shouldered Hawk. There is also the possibility of seeing Common Merganser and American Dipper near the river. Please contact leaders if the weather is questionable.

Dec
14
Sat
Christmas Bird Counts for Sierra Foothills @ contact leader Rudy
Dec 14 2019 @ 7:00 am – Jan 4 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Christmas Bird Counts

These outings will be at these dates and locations:

Dec 14  Auburn

Dec 19  Marysville

Dec 30  Lincoln

Jan 4    Grass Valley

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, @ Meet in the parking lot off Humphrey Road at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk for Beginners – Traylor Ranch, Penryn Saturday, December 14, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Leader: Howard Williams oldbackpacker@me.com
Meet in the parking lot off Humphrey Road at the southeast corner of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary in Penryn. Note: the address for the Reserve is different. Please contact leader if the weather is questionable

This trip is intended for beginners, but experienced birders are welcome and add to the experience for all. Traylor Ranch affords an opportunity to see the resident species of the lower foothills and valley floor, usually twenty or more different species. We’ll spend about two hours and walk a little more than a mile. Come on out, bring your binoculars and help us find some birds. The more eyes and ears, the more birds we’ll see. Here’s the Placer Co. web site for Traylor Ranch: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks- content/parks/traylor-ranch-nature-reserve

 

Dec
15
Sun
Bird Walk For Beginners @ Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00AM.
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bird Walk For Beginners In Grass Valley
Sunday, December15, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Leader: Dan Stewart 530-265-4677 dcstew@outlook.com Meet in the Briar Patch parking lot at 8:00AM. Please contact leader if the weather is questionable

This walk is designed for beginners, but more skilled birders are helpful and welcome. We’ll talk about binoculars, how and where to find birds, what to look for when you find one. We meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot of the Briar Patch Market on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We walk for a little less than two miles and it usually takes about two hours. Fifteen to twenty different species are almost guaranteed, especially with enough sharp eyes and ears. It’s a nice walk up over the hill at Sierra College and back to the Briar Patch. Come on out and help us find and identify some birds.

 

Dec
21
Sat
Marysville Rice Fields Birding @ We will caravan from the Pleasant Valley Rd. and Hwy. 20 Park and Ride
Dec 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Marysville Rice Fields Birding Saturday, December 21, 2019

8:30AM- 12 Noon

Leader: Jim Groeser 530-432-6596 redtailh@gmail.com
We will caravan from the Pleasant Valley Rd. and Hwy. 20 Park and Ride 16 miles to Woodruff Lane and the rice fields northeast of Marysville. Figure three hours of swan, goose, ibis, duck, shorebird, raptor, etc. viewing. No hiking–we view from the roads. Bring snacks, liquids, optics. Restroom stop at halftime. If weather is questionable contact Jim.